Clitheroe’s Alex Hartley took 2-40 from her 10 overs as England Women started the Ashes Series with a two-wicket defeat to hosts Australia in the first one-day clash in Brisbane on Sunday.
England totalled 228-8, with Lauren Winfield top-scoring with 48, as Australian off-spinner Ashleigh Gardner taking 3-47.
In reply, Alex Blackwell made 67 not out to guide Australia home, after being 181-6 with seven overs left.
Gardner added 27, including two sixes, to see Australia past the target with five balls to spare.
Spinner Hartley finished with two wickets, matched by seamer bowler Katherine Brunt (2-47), who had opened the attack.
But in the multi-format series, Australia claimed the two points on offer for a win, ahead of the second One Day International which is played today at Coffs Harbour (4-40 a.m. BST).
There are two points for a win in all limited-overs games in the series, with four points for a win in the Test Match.